The stars are in our belly; the Milky Way our umbilicus.
Is it a consolation that the stuff of which we’re made
is star-stuff too?
– That wherever you go you can never fully disappear –
dispersal only: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen.
Tree, rain, coal, glow-worm, horse, gnat, rock.
Monday, 19 December 2016
Lost Species poem 7: Simon Stanley
This beautiful poem captures something of the hare's magic and its supposed madness and dancing.
I am blue sky-dome is the cup of my eye,
vast, limpid, rain-drop clear.
As lightning sight strikes through my nerve to muscle.
My coat is shaking grass and herbs of six fields I am.
Your steps shift in the shimmering of me,
like spring moving in the trees.
I am lode of clover in the low air, buttercup’s bittersweet my nose.
Air carries you to me, you linger everywhere,
push through the hay and ragwort, your rank peculiar: worst.
For my ears leaves of chestnut, green or rust, rustle in me,
opening to the sky clock, tracking everything.
Wind my language, you speak it in me as you talk.
I am cow parsley in spring is the long note on my tongue.
You season land with the man-shit you alone make,
miss the taste of dew fall, of stars passing.
Dog my fear, my laughing dread, bursts like well-water in my throat,
speed my joy, fleet as flood my feet
in the frantic course; I am flight from shot and teeth.
Moon my muse, sails through me in her silvers
trailing wraps of cloud. The stars my motley coat.
I dance to thrill heaven, I to beat the bounds of my earthen feet.
© Simon Stanley
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- Lost Species poem 9: Harry Owen
- Lost Species poem 8: Lindsay MacGregor
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- Lost Species poem 7: Simon Stanley
- Lost Species poem 6: Lesley Quayle
- Lost Species poem 5: Mark Totterdell
- Lost Species poem 4: Andie Lewenstein
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